Letters - May 24, 2012

Blackpool v West Ham in the Championship play-off final at Wembley 2012.'Thomas Ince, team-mates and supporters go wild after his goal.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'19-5-2012

Blackpool v West Ham in the Championship play-off final at Wembley 2012.'Thomas Ince, team-mates and supporters go wild after his goal. PIC BY ROB LOCK'19-5-2012

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I HAVE written to Blackpool FC and Wembley Stadium to complain about how West Ham fans were able to buy tickets in blocks already partially sold to Blackpool fans.

We were sat in block 222 (for which we had paid a hard earned £78 each) and we were completely surrounded by West Ham fans.

They were drunk, shouting abuse and gesturing the whole match – in fact, for the first half we worried about getting to the concourse safely at half-time.

The stadium response team was less than useless.

The police outside the ground were just as bad – they were making Pool fans throw away cans of beer prior to the match, but West Ham fans were openly drinking out of cans.

The whole event was more like a West Ham home game – from bubble machines around the pitch to their PA announcer interviewing Sir Trevor Brooking on the touchline before the game.

I’m afraid we will think long and hard before going to Wembley again.

CHRISTINE BAMBER

St James Road

Blackpool

I AM a serving soldier and Blackpool FC gave free tickets and transport to Wembley, which I greatly appreciate.

The club has no reason to apologise for West Ham fans.

They were going into the Blackpool area with their tops on, and the stewards at the stadium saw this.

The only time something was done about it was at the end of the game, when the police were being rushed in.

So to that end Wembley, not the club, should refund the families that suffered.

AARON TOMKINSON

Bispham

WE were surprised to hear of the trouble at Wembley.

We found it safe and the West Hams fans we met were lovely – one fan bought our twins an ice cream each.

My husband commented that he felt safer there than on a night out at home.

The police were tremendous in how they controlled the crowds.

It seems again the minority of ‘bad’ fans had got into the enclosure just to try and start trouble.

SARAH LEES

Blackpool

ONLY the good behaviour of the Blackpool fans prevented big trouble, with little supervision from anyone from Wembley.

If this is the standard of stewarding in our national stadium, there is no chance of the Olympics going off without trouble.

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